14 September 2006 Edition

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"Irrelevant" - Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams on the political significance of Mary Harney's resignation as PD leader. Adams was speaking to journalists in Howth, County Dublin during a key Sinn Féin planning meeting on Friday, 8 September.

The American public, judiciary and Congress signed America over to the neo-conservative cabal who used this opportunity to carry out a coup. - Marion McKeone on the political consequences of the climate of fear which gripped the US following the 9/11 attacks. Village, 7 september.

The PDs under McDowell will rejoice in the break-up of the coalition. At last, for the first time in almost a decade, they will have a chance to be radical - or redundant.

Radical for the PDs seems to mean yet another assault on a vulnerable sector of society. - Vincent Browne, The Sunday Business Post, 10 September.

McDowell savours the moment now, but the party's future hangs in the balance. The prospect of electoral extinction is staring it in the face. - Pat Leahy, Sunday Business Post, 10 September.

As Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Michael McDowell has abused his position to carry out a witch-hunt against the Centre for Public Inquiry, refused to introduce rights-based disability legislation and presides over a grossly unfair immigration and asylum system. He has failed to live up to his human rights obligations under the Good Friday Agreement and has reinforced rather than dispensed with the draconian Offences Against the State Acts. - Sinn Féin Dáil Group Leader Caoimhgh Ó Caoláin TD on the election of Michael McDowell as leader of the Progressive Democrats and prospective Tánaiste,

Aer Lingus could be valued at as little as €615 when it comes to the market later this month. - Tom McEnaney, Irish Independent, 11 September.

That so many murder files are 'missing' only confirms the view that the practice of destroying and concealing evidence was systematic. - Mark Thompson, on missing RUC files. The Irish News, 13 September.

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